Real Madrid have had an uncharacteristically quiet transfer window. However, manager Zinadene Zidane believes that the Los Blancos are ready to embrace the new season and have the right players to win silverware.
Before Real Madrid’s La Liga clash with rivals Valencia, the gaffer was addressing the press. And, one question that was bound to rise, and which indeed did, was Real Madrid’s inactivity in this season’s transfer window.
The UEFA Champions League winners have not made a high profile signing this summer, and with only a few days remaining before the window closes this year, it seems highly unlikely that they would.
The Frenchman conceded that the current La Liga champions were in perfect shape despite missing out on a few transfer targets this summer.
He said, “I don’t need more players, look at the squad we have. We are ready. I’ll be counting on Mayoral. and will do throughout the year. He has to learn and be ready for when his opportunity comes up, which it will. We’ll give him a shot when the moment is right”.
One place where Real Madrid are seemingly lacking depth as of now, is perhaps in its defence. With Sergio Ramos, Jesus Vallejo, and Rafael Varane all currently out nursing their injuries, the gaffer believes that Casemiro and Marcos Llotente are more than capable for shouldering defensive duties.
He said,” We have four centre-halves and we do not need more. I do not think such injuries will happen again. Both Casemiro and Marcos Llorente can play there. Tomorrow let’s see what happens”.
But perhaps, the most important part of his statement came later when he was asked about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future in the Spanish capital, after news reports claimed that the iconic forward might choose to leave Santiago Bernebeu.
Quashing all those rumors, Zidane conferred, “Cristiano is here and going nowhere. This is his club, his team, his city and he loves his life here. I am under no illusion.”
While Real’s boss believes that they don’t need any new signings going forward, it would be a huge mistake to assume that the squad is in a perfect shape. There are certainly some areas where the Los Blancos need to address if they are expecting to emulate last season’s success.
Written by Soumyarendra Barik
Feels that every year is going to be Bayern Munich’s. Started off as a broadcast journalist with NDTV, but his love for writing brings him to the online world. A staunch believer!